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Co-parenting & parenting skills class.

​Child & Family Services offers the “Always a Parent” program to parents who want to improve their parenting skills or who are having difficulty communicating with a co-parent.

“Always a Parent” emphasizes the impact of parents’ behavior on their children, and teaches parents positive, effective, cooperative communication techniques in an enjoyable, interactive way.

Classes are offered the last two Thursdays of every month, from 9am -12 noon, via secure Zoom.

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Get these and other questions answered:

  • Why is my child so “out of control?”

  • How do I get my child to take responsibility?

  • How can I get my children to tell me what is bothering them?

  • How can I have a peaceful home?

  • How do I keep my child safe?

  • What if parents cannot agree on how to raise their children?

  • How does domestic violence affect children?

What You Can Expect

  • All classes are held at Child & Family Services

  • $100 fee includes sessions, more than two dozen handouts, and certificate of completion.
    Please talk with us if you’re concerned about paying for services.

  • Certificate issued upon successful completion of the class.

Class Topics Include:

  • Successful Conflict Resolution

  • How to discipline with love

  • How parental behaviors impact children

  • How to co-parent successfully

  • Understanding how your child thinks

  • How the brain works when we're feeling big emotions

  • Helping your children (and yourself!) deal with feelings

  • How to balance your family time

  • How to effectively communicate with your children and your co-parent

  • Raising a child to be a responsible person

  • Trauma and how it impacts parents and children

  • Understanding the power of emotions

  • The importance of family meetings and how to have them

  • Different parenting styles


Karen McCarthy, MA, LLC
Clinical Counselor, Traverse City

Karen received her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Michigan University, after working as an educator and a monitor in our Safe Haven Program. She has training in Infant Mental Health, TraumaPlay Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Family Systems, and Attachment. Karen offers therapeutic visitation and groups and classes like our Always a Parent Program, which helps parents learn new parenting and communication skills.


3785 Veterans Drive., Traverse City, MI 49686

 Karen McCarthy: kmccarthy@cfs3Lorg | Tel: 231-715-1166

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